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Health needs

Information and guidance for schools

This section includes information and guidance for schools on supporting pupils with health needs and medical conditions.

All of our current:

  • Health and safety policies and procedures
  • Guidance on accident and incident reporting for schools

are on the Infospace (opens new window) website. To access the website, schools must purchase a Health, Safety and Wellbeing service via Educator Solutions.   

Supporting pupils with medical conditions

The Children and Families Act 2014, places a duty on maintained schools and academies to make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions.

Local authorities also have key responsibilities in:

  • Championing the needs of these children and young people
  • Providing education to children and young people where they are unable to attend school due to ill health

The Department of Education (DfE) issues statutory guidance and templates for schools and local authorities to follow, in relation to children and young people with medical conditions.

There is also specific guidance on purchasing and use of emergency asthma inhalers (opens new window) and emergency adrenaline auto-injectors (opens new window).

The medical needs service is responsible for ensuring Norfolk County Council Children's Services fulfils its statutory duties.